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CNN
Apr 6, 2012 5:00am EDT
by florida state senator chris smith. he talked to erin burnett last night about their goal. >> we are looking to modify the goal. i think the law is being misused, but the premise of it is something floridians believe in. i think we need to clarify the law more and send a signal out to people that this is not what we expect as floridians. we do not expect you to be the aggressor, to start the fight and avail yourself of this law and hide from prosecution. >> at least 20 other states have similar stand your ground laws. florida state senator chris smith will join us live here at 6:30 eastern time to talk about the outcome of last night's meeting. >>> another embarrassment for the general services administration. this is governmentment agency in charming of saving the government money. the head of the gsa resigned after details came out about a lavish conference she held in vegas, a concert that featured a clown, a mind reader and $7,000 in sushi. now a new web video surfaced showing another gsa employee joking about excessive government spending. ♪ ♪ can't touch gs 15 ♪ becau
MSNBC
Jul 22, 2013 8:00am PDT
msnbc. >>> i want to bring in florida state senator chris smith as well. he is a civil rights litigator. he is one of the folks calling for special session to change florida stand your ground law. senator, good to see you. governor rick scott met with protesters at his office on friday and said he is standing by the task force that was convened after the shooting that recommends essentially the law just basically stay the same. can you give our viewers some insight into why the task force stands behind the law in florida? >> well, the task force put together by the governor were people that were all chosen by the governor who support the law. when put together task force or a group to discuss something, you should put that people there. it was all people that either wrote the law, supported the law, voted for the law. i asked to be on the task force and was declined. i was in the legislature in 2005 and argued against it and thought it would bring an interesting perspective. when you stack the deck, of course, you're going to get the results you want. >> governor scott has ind
CNN
May 2, 2012 2:00am EDT
tailoring of it. >> well, that brings me to another question. state senator chris smith has a task force and among the changes that they have come forward with stand your ground was that a defendant shouldn't have immunity from arrest as one example. better recordkeeping too to track how often this law is used. as we talk about the surge in justifiable homicide since there was a stand your ground law in florida. would you agree with some of those modification, there that should be some changes to clarify since it seems so often that these cases come down to, well, he said and the other people's dead. >> well, out of respect to senator chris smith and he's a good friend, we served in the florida house together and debated many issues. but out of respect to him and to governor jennifer carroll, our lieutenant governor who's chairing this task force, i'm going to withhold response to his proposals until he has an opportunity at our next meeting to actually present those proposals. but i am going to be very cautious about anything that would diminish our law-abiding itizens' ability to
CNN
Mar 23, 2012 2:00am PDT
will be joined by florida state senator chris smith. /posed florida's controversial stand your ground law in 2005 and is now trying to get it amended. >>> it is now five minutes past 5:00 on the east coast. she used cocaine until the very end. that's what we're learning with new details on whitney houston's death this morning. >> a lot of people hoping that that simply would not be the truth. a los angeles county corner's office coming out with the results of that autopsy. an accidental drowning but it's what was found in her blood system that has many people talking this morning. alina cho is joining us now with the very latest. >> you took the words right out of my mouth. i think a lot of people when they first saw this had said, oh, goodness. we had hoped there would not be drugs found in her system. that was not the case. good morning, this report is answering a lot of questions about whitney houston's death and the last moments of her life. you'll remember that houston died on february 11th, the night before the grammy awards. she was found dead in the bathtub at the beverly hilt
FOX News
Jul 20, 2013 9:00pm PDT
leader of the florida senate, chris smith. good evening, gentlemen. this law was just passed in florida in 2005. did nobody think about this? i'll start with you, representative scott. >> which one? >> baxley. >> okay. sure. yes. the nemesis for this was we were post hurricane with five hurricanes. we had an incident in the panhandle where a couple, an elderly couple was in a fema trailer. they did have an intruder on their property, came in there, and he shot and killed this gentleman. it was months before this law-abiding citizen who was just defending himself and his property primarily defending his wife that he knew whether or not he would be charged, and when the senator brought me this, i said that shouldn't be the case. in florida we want to stand by law-abiding citizens, and if you're doing nothing wrong and you're actually stopping a violent attack, no one should be beaten, raped, or murdered and wonder whether or not they have the authority to act to stop a violent crime. that's the nemesis of it. >> judge jeanine: well, i understand that that really is the beginning o
MSNBC
Jul 22, 2013 3:00pm PDT
youth. and we feel as though that's what killed trayvon martin. >> now, florida state senator chris smith appeared on msnbc this morning. let me play you what he said. >> if the legislature comes back and we don't even discuss it again, if we just put our heads in the sand and pretend everything is fine, you will see voices growing. and i wouldn't be surprised if it gains more momentum if we don't at least discuss it. and that's why we've been pressing the legislature to at least hear the bills. at least let's start the discussion, let's do what the president has said, let's do what senator mccain has said, let's at least have that discussion in the legislature. last year they avoided it. this year is the time to at least act and discuss the issues. >> what is your response to senator smith? >> we agree with the senator smith. we actually supported his reform bill of stand your ground. and he is absolutely right. you know, if they continue to ignore the crisis that is on our hands in florida, it can only get worse. >> ciara taylor of the dream defenders. thank you so much for joining us. and good
CNN
Apr 6, 2012 2:00am EDT
senator chris smith said the law is flawed because it does protect people when they're the aggressor. remember this call that zimmerman made to 911. >> are you following him? >> yeah. >> okay. we don't need you to do that. >> okay. >> all right. many believe zimmerman instigated the situation as a result of that. he said, he was told not to follow him and should be protected under the law. it's important to note his attorneys have told us that they are using self-defense, not stand your ground as a defense. justifiable homicide though have tripled in florida since the state passed the stand your ground law in 2005. senator smith is doing something about it. he's outfront. you were talking about this commission you're putting together to evaluate. what's happened? >> well, we have met today and we're still meeting behind me. state attorney, public defenders, law professors and criminal defense lawyers and former prosecutors and actually former judges. we're going through this statute line by line and trying to really discuss the statute and seeing where the ambiguity and where the pro
CNN
Apr 4, 2012 5:00am EDT
investigation is complete. state senator chris smith says there's too much at stake to wait, so he's convening his own task force tomorrow. joins me now live from tallahassee. senator, thanks very much for being with us. i want to ask you what you hope to accomplish with your own individual task force that you're convening right away. >> well, i've assembled a lot of legal minds in south florida, states attorneys, public defenders, law professors and others that have been studying this law for the past eight years because it's been on the books way before the trayvon martin incident. and i hope to get all these legal minds together and look at the ramifications of what we've done and possibly come up with some changes to the law so that we can set the parameters of a civilized society here in florida. >> and i think a lot of people respect that, but at the same time might say, well, what's wrong with allowing the governor to continue with his move and his task force and why do you think the governor's waiting until the trayvon martin investigation's over? >> well, answer the first pa
CNN
Apr 3, 2012 11:00pm PDT
the country. florida state senator chris smith is the man behind the task force. thanks for coming "outfront" tonight. rick scott has appointed a task force to evaluate the stand your ground a few weeks ago. you're not satisfied. how come? >> he's waiting until after the trayvon martin case has gone through. and i think that would take a little long and besides stand your ground law was misused an misapplied way before trayvon martin. it is not only about that case, but about this controversial law in florida that's been misused. we have eight years of evidence on this law and so there's no need to wait. there's a lot of misinformation about this law and waiting only perpetuates that misinformation throughout the nation and throughout florida. >> so let me ask you a question about this. i know that back in 2005 when this law passed, you were not in favor of i. but you said that there are positives and negatives. first, could you give us an example of when the stand your ground law specifically in florida has gone wrong? >> well, when people are the aggressor and then they avail the
PBS
Apr 9, 2012 7:00pm EDT
. >> reporter: and democratic senator chris smith convened a task force on the matter last t week. >> if you initiate contact or you start the fight you should o at least go in front of a jury and present your evidence and let peers decide, not some big veil that you're not even able to be arrested. >> ifill: instead of dyings down the protests over the martin case are continuing. for more on what is happening in the states we're joined by daniel webster.rc welcome. this expansion of gun laws we just saw that map. is that organic or is it something that's been planned? >> it's definitely been planned. the national rifle association has been on a many-year effort, first, to expand rights for individuals who can pass a background check to be able to carry concealed guns pretty much wherever they want. as they started to accomplish that goal, they then went on to the "stand your ground" laws. and thoses. laws have passed very rapidly in a very shortry amount of time.nt >> ifill: it was interesting. so many democrats voted for this.d this was a bipartisan idea.pa was this an idea that
MSNBC
Jul 18, 2013 5:00pm PDT
appeals o stand your ground and amendment to stand your ground as well as my colleague senator chris smith, representative alan williams. any number of members of the state legislature have offered up suggestions. but to ignore your own task force suggestions and then go around and saying that there were no suggestions offered is a flat-out lie and it's unfortunate that the governor's chosen to take that strong position considering that his very own task force did, in fact, make suggestions. >> on the case of stand your ground, obviously, that's legislation. it would have to work through a house and state senate that are both, i believe, controlled by republicans at the homoment. in terms of marissa alexander, the governor has pow r to grant her mercy or commute her sentence or to pardon her? >> he very well does, and that's exactly why i've asked for the pardon. the reality is the injustice shown in marissa alexander in light of the recent luck that we'll call it that george zimmerman received via the verdict this past weekend shows that the stand your ground law is too vague. it's too vague. that's why
CNN
Apr 4, 2012 7:00am EDT
just start shooting first. >> senator chris smith joining us this morning. thanks for joining us. we appreciate your time. >> thank you. >> coming up the next hour, we'll talk to natalie jackson, the martin family attorney. the fbi has been talking to folks and trayvon martin's girl friend, who was on the phone with him. the fbi has had a chance to talk to them. we'll get an update on what's happening there. also on "starting point," the real sarah palin joins the lame stream media. we'll talk about how that went. you can follow us on our live block which is cnn.com/startingpoint. bruce springsteen, "rocky ground." and economic growth. north america actually has one of the largest oil reserves in the world. a large part of that is oil sands. this resource has the ability to create hundreds of thousands of jobs. at our kearl project in canada, we'll be able to produce these oil sands with the same emissions as many other oils and that's a huge breakthrough. that's good for our country's energy security and our economy. ♪ america, america >> we love prince in the morning. "america" f
FOX News
Jun 12, 2012 8:00am PDT
another haring held by senator -- hearing held by senator chris smith of florida. now the governor, governor rick scott, has decided there's so much public outcry, he'd like to hear from the people, hold a hearing. apparently, according to the trayvon martin family they have 300,000 e-mails asking for repeal. signatures on a petition, e-mails supporting that. don't know if that's true, but i think he feels now is the time to at least get some public interest and sentiments and at some point thereafter they'll look at repealing or modifying the law. >> but the law's still applicable. >> yes. >> what happened that night, we don't know what happened, we can't adjudicate it on television, whatever happened that nigh, the stand your ground law applies. as lax as it was, it doesn't apply to zimmerman. if i'm prosecuting, i say because zimmerman went beyond that. he did not just not retreat, he went after trayvon martin, and that's the key legal question. jon: all right. we're going to have to leave that one there and see what florida decides and what comes out of this public testimony. b
FOX News
Sep 18, 2011 9:00am PDT
compliment senator chris smith, senator menendez. the state depend has good to us. we want to reach out to everyone. -- let them know they care about these children and contact the tunisia consulate in washington letting them know they care about these children. that's what we are here for. >> shannon: dave, we ask that you keep us updated. we will stay on it. the best to your family. thanks for joining us. >> thank you for having us and letting us get this information out. >> shannon: you may need to watch out for falling objects from the sky in coming weeks. nasa says one of its satellites is headed for a collision course with earth. why they can't tell us when or where, next. just one phillips' colon health probiotic cap a day helps defends against occasional constipation, diarrhea, gas and bloating. with the strains of good bacteria to help balance your colon. you had me at "probiotic." [ female announcer ] phillips' colon health. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] unlike some car companies, nissan is running at 100%, which means the most innovative cars are also the most available cars
Current
Apr 12, 2012 3:00am PDT
work with helped organize this event. state senator chris smith was here from florida. he is an upcoming senate minority leader democrat. they have ledge legislatelation. he spoke yesterday. they have legislation to try too repeal this law they are working through down in florida. the encouragement of the entire event was to get state ledge latetors the opportunity to come back and say, you know what? this has gone too far. let's get some of these shoot-first laws off of the books or fix them so they don't have this kind of loss of life as a result. >> we mentioned in the program, i think it's important to stress the, again this law this bill signed into law by jeb bush was sponsored, written by alec with the money from the koch brothers and then pushed through the ledge slated temperature against the objections over the objections and the opposition of law enforcement in florida by the nra and the nra handing money out and getting the florida legislature to vote for it. >> right. the power, they feel like they can't file charges against people who claim this law as their defens
MSNBC
Jul 17, 2013 9:00pm PDT
scott is listening to senator smith, but i think the state of florida and a lot of the country might be ready for it now. joining us now is chris smith, florida state senator and democratic leader of the florida senate. thank you very much for your time tonight. it's nice to have you here. >> thank you for having me, and for your attention to this matter. >> there was an official task force setup by the governor, led by the former lieutenant governor looking at the stand your ground law in the immediate aftermath of trayvon martin's death before we knew that george zimmerman would be charged in the scandal. what is your conclusion that the law is just fine? >> it was a handpicked panel and it was everyone that supported the law, and i can't help but contrast it with the panel that i did in south florida. my task force had public defenders and defense attorneys as well as state attorneys and police officers. we had those that supported the law and those that opposed the law and college professors, it was a great group of people, and we had actual discussions of it, and people that used it every day and we came up with some good sugges
CNN
Feb 4, 2013 5:00pm PST
joining us former fbi hostage negotiator chris voss. senator smith, i want to start off with you. you were there when ethan's mother got the phone call. can you describe that moment? >> it was a great moment. i mean, she was being whisked away. i was driving up for my afternoon visit with her and she was being whisked away at this point now i know to meet with her -- to be reunited with her son. she hugged my neck. she thanked me and she was a little nervous but there were smiles all around. so i knew something was going on. and then later learned she was being reunited with the little boy. so, lots of smiles. i'm sure lots of hugs and lots of kisses going on right now. >> yeah, i can imagine. senator smith, to your knowledge, was she able to communicate at all with her son or anyone from the family being able to communicate directly with her son over the last several days? >> you know, that's a question for law enforcement. i know that they kept her very well briefed, let her know what was going on. she had complete faith in what law enforcement was doing and was just very grate
Current
Apr 5, 2012 6:00am PDT
senator of florida chris smith who got tired of waiting for governor rick stock to take action has started his own task force in florida. and he has also launched a website called floridastandyourground.org. stephanie will be right back. join us on line current.com/stephanie miller. the newest voice in cable news is on the new news network. >>it is an independent progressive voice and i love that. >>jennifer granholm joins current tv. a former two term governor. >>people like somebody who's got a spine. >>determined to find solutions... >>we need government to ensure that people have freedom. >>driven to find the truth... >>what's really going on? >>fearless, independent and above all, politically direct. ♪ >> announcer: ladies and gentlemen, it's the "stephanie miller show." ♪ i'm walking on sunshine woe ho, i'm walking on sunshine, woe ho ♪ ♪ and time to feel good ♪ >> it is the "stephanie miller show." welcome to it. you can go to our website, and email us all there. someone stole our head phones yesterday. >> yeah. >> these are crappy. >> these are my headphones. i ga
MSNBC
Oct 31, 2012 9:00am PDT
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MSNBC
Mar 22, 2012 2:00pm PDT
cause it. joining me are chris smith a florida state senator who opposes the law and alan gottlieb who supports them with the second amendment foundation. senator, would you tell us why we need your stand your grounds laws? >> chris, we went through a period in the country where lots of people are being prosecuted because they stood their ground and tried to defend themselves, family and property from criminal attack and were prosecuted for it or in many cases had to wait a year or two years to find out if they were going to be prosecuted. this allowed a legitimate means of self-defense and the areas we've seen it around the country, where we've seen violent crime drop and justifiable homicides increase, meaning the bad guy was not the victim and not the good guy. >> help us here. how does it, most people think of self-defense as somebody's trying to kill me, do bodily harm to me and i have the chance to prevent them from doing it with a gun. i'm allowed to use it if it's really a chance of no way out. but apparently under the law you've got written in the law up there, you don't have
MSNBC
Oct 19, 2012 2:00am EDT
luck. >> thanks, chris. >>> up next, tonight is the al smith memorial foundation dinner in new york city. sharing the stage will be president obama and mitt romney for the first time since tuesday. what can we expect from the both of them tonight? something of a casual night, but these things can be very important. they're only going to be standing a few feet from each other for a long time tonight. this is "hardball," the place for politics. >>> got a couple of new polls in key senate races. let's check the "hardball" scoreboard. massachusetts, elizabeth warren is opening up a lead against scott warren. it's warren up 9, 53%, 44%. in connecticut, a poll shows democrat chris murphy leading republican linda mcmahon by six. thompson and baldwin are locked in a race. baldwin the democrat trailing by one. in montana, a new ppp poll there shows senator jon tester hanging on to a two-point lead over denny rayberg. with the libertarian candidate at 7. we'll be right back. >>> some advocates for senator obama are less retrain in their enthusiasm, even in the media. usually as in table 228,
CSPAN
Oct 21, 2011 7:00am EDT
was. it was my office, chris smith's office, senator kirk's office, the house international relations committee. it was baffling and at times i met with the f.b.i. they initially didn't want to say anything. we pursued the issue and finally we got up and filed a certain motion and addressed it on the floor. it's now when members go, don't take your blackberry. every corporate executive, when they go to china, their blackberry, their cell phone, their laptop is stripped and most now know it but some do not know it. in fact, i believe the science advisor in the white house, we had a hearing when he went to china he took all this electronic equipment and i can guarantee that china stripped it. they're stripping stuff in the pentagon here so when you go and walk in their terminal there they're taking everything. host: well you right on the same subject. u.s. counterintelligence officials reportedly stated that 140 different foreign intelligence organizations regularly attempt to lack in u.s. government agencies and u.s. companies. is this company sufficiently prepared for cybera
MSNBC
Mar 9, 2013 5:00am PST
former missouri state senator, congressional date jeff smith, tim carney, and a paper that chris has authored about the way state legislative candidates perceive the perceptions of the voters in their district. particularly on issues like health care and gay marriage. and the way they systematically overestimate it. conservatives do it by a ton. i think there's a great line in the paper that fully half of the conservative republican candidates that you interviewed, fully, half of them, think that their district is more conservative than the most conservative in the country. half of them think they're representing a district that is more conservative than the most conservative district in the country. we talked about the possible reasons. and i want to talk about the donor class. i know having been around people that run for office. if you spend all your day talking with a certain kind of person with a certain set of beliefs, that's going to bleed into you. whether you go work at a big law firm or end up at cable news company, whatever it is your piers have a big effect. and washingto
MSNBC
Sep 18, 2009 11:00pm EDT
congressman chris smith of new jersey, for example, can feel confident using their most conservative base-pleasing rhetoric. >> never in all of those years have i been more concerned, i know you share that and our panelists share that, about the abortion promotion coming out of the white house. the culture of death promoted by barack obama, by his secretary of state, by his cabinet, by sebelius, by the subcabinet and by appointees, bizarres. is outrageous and unconsciousable. >> those were the best hoodie out of all of the campaign swag. with the little reefer on them, culture of death. >>> along with the culture of death, podium pounding today, mike pence also went off on the czar issue. >> you know, i do think members of congress should be required to read bills, but i've got to tell you, i'd be just about as happy if more of them read this a little more often. the constitution. of the united states of america. and nowhere in here can i find the word czar. washington, d.c. must become a no czar zone starting here and starting now. >> i wonder if bill bennett was in the
FOX News
Aug 28, 2009 4:00am EDT
live in boston. this weekend, fox news channel will have continuing coverage of senator ted kennedy's funeral, the funeral mass will be covered with shepard smith and then his burial at arlg arlington national cemetery anchored by chris wallace this saturday as the tributes continue to the late senator kennedy. the big question in massachusetts is who is going to replace the senator, and how will that person be chosen? chief political correspondent carl cameron tells us both answers are very much up in the air. >> when ted kennedy's he terminal brain cancer was first disclosed a year ago, the race for his seat quietly began. in boston, officials are already planning a statewide special election for december or january, are but before then, democrats on beacon hill man to quickly change state law so an interim senator can be appointed in the meantime. the odds-on favorite is paul kirk, a long-time kennedy aide. he was national democratic party chairman in the '80's and chairs the kennedy library foundation now. he's 71 and would not run for the seat next year, but kennedy himself in 20
NBC
Sep 21, 2009 7:00am EDT
chris bond in the senate, and in the house ed markey and chris smith have sponsored which would actually make a strategic plan for the country to fight alzheimer's, to raise money for funding. finally we think maybe the word is getting out but we're hoping that america will also -- >> hopefully people watching this segment will take action. call their ngressmen. >> yes. because as these statistics show, it is going to be important to all of us. >> if i could add, natalie, it's so true that adding that funding makes a difference. we've seen the success in cancer funding and heart disease funding but the funding for alzheimer's research is so low. if we can make these changes we can make a difference. >> we always thought this was an old person's problem and there no urgency to it because this is just what happens to you. now we know it is not true. there is a genetic link for some families for alzheimer as early onset. we know the lifestyle you choose can help put off some dementia. but the reality is it's been terribly underfunded and it is going to be our generation's crisis. w
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